Visionary Communication

The Visionary Communication path helps build your skills as a strategic communicator and leader. The projects on this path focus on developing your skills for sharing information with a group, planning communications and creating innovative solutions. Speech writing and speech delivery are emphasized in each project. This path culminates in the development and launch of a long-term personal or professional vision. This path helps you build your skills as a strategic communicator and leader. The projects on this path focus on developing your skills for sharing information with a group, planning communications and creating innovative solutions. Speech writing and speech delivery are emphasized in each project. This path culminates in the development and launch of a long-term personal or professional vision.

This path requires the completion of a minimum of 14 projects: three projects for Level 1, against 3 projects for Level 2, a minimum of three projects for Level 3, a minimum of 2 projects for Level 4 and finally a minimum of 3 projects for Level 5.

  • Level 1 and Level 2 are foundational levels. Their components are common across most paths.
    • Level 1 assists with learning and mastering fundamentals, such as building confidence and earning improved communication skills
    • Level 2 assists with learning about your leadership and communication styles and offers an introduction to Toastmasters mentoring
  • Levels 3, 4 and 5: their components are more specific and relevant to each path.
    • Level 3 aims at increasing knowledge in the domain relevant to your path.
    • Level 4 aims at building or consolidating skills relevant to your path.
    • Level 5 aims at demonstrating proficiency and expertise with skills relevant to your path.

Level 1: Mastering Fundamentals

Level 1, Project 1: Icebreaker

This foundational project is designed to introduce you to your club and the skills you need to begin your Toastmasters journey.

  • Purpose: The purpose of this project is to introduce yourself to the club and learn the basic structure of a public speech.
  • Overview: Write and deliver a speech about any topic to introduce yourself to the club. Your speech may be humorous, informational, or any other style that appeals to you.
  • This project includes: a 4- to 6-minute speech

Level 1, Project 2: Evaluation and Feedback

This project addresses the skills needed to give and receive feedback. You will learn about giving, receiving and applying feedback.

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to present a speech on any topic, receive feedback, and apply the feedback to a second speech.

Overview: 

  • Project 2.1.: choose any topic for your first 5- to 7-minute speech. After your speech, carefully review your feedback.
  • Project 2.2: at a different club meeting, present a 5- to 7-minute speech in which you incorporate feedback from your first speech. You may choose to present the same speech again or a new speech. Your second speech should reflect some or all of the feedback from your first speech.
  • Project 2.3: finally, after you have completed both speeches, serve as an evaluator at a club meeting and deliver constructive feedback about another member’s presentation.

This project includes:

  • A first 5- to 7-minute speech on any topic
  • A second 5- to 7-minute speech on any topic that will incorporating feedback from your first speech
  • Serving as a Project evaluator (2- to 3-minute speech)

Level 1, Project 3: Researching and Presenting

  • This project addresses topic selection strategies, suggestions for research and methods for producing a well organized speech.
  • Purpose: The purpose of this project is to learn or review basic research methods and present a well-organized, well-researched speech on any topic.
  • Overview: Select a topic that you are not already familiar with or that you wish to learn more about. Be sure your topic is narrow enough to be an effective 5- to 7-minute speech. Research the topic and begin organizing the information, as described in this project. Practice your speech and continue to refine its organization. Present your speech at a club meeting.
  • This project includes:
    • Researching a topic
    • The Research Worksheet
    • The Speech Outline Worksheet
    • A 5- to 7-minute speech

Level 2: Learning Your Style

Level 2, Project 1: Understanding Your Leadership Style

This project is designed to introduce the different styles of leadership and help you identify your preferred style.

  • Purpose: The purpose of this project is to identify your primary leadership style or styles.
  • Overview: 
    • Complete the Discover Your Leadership Style questionnaire.Deliver a 5- to 7-minute speech at a club meeting to share some aspect of your leadership style or leadership styles in general.
    • Consider how your leadership style impacts the people around you and how you can adjust it to more effectively lead people with styles different from your own.
    • You may choose to discuss your style preferences when working with others, your style and how you can adapt it to situations, or leadership styles in general and how they impact a group
  • This project includes:
    • The Discover Your Leadership Style questionnaire
    • A 5- to 7-minute speech

Level 2, Project 2: Understanding Your Communication Style

This project focuses on recognizing your preferred communication style and understanding how your style impacts your interactions with others.

  • Purpose: The purpose of this project is to learn about different communication styles and identify your primary style.
  • Overview: 
    • Complete the Discover Your Communication Style questionnaire to help you identify your style.
    • Deliver a 5- to 7-minute speech at a club meeting about your communication style and its impact on your professional and/or personal relationships.
      Consider how your communication style impacts the people around you and how you can adjust it to more effectively lead people with styles different from your own.
    • If you are uncomfortable discussing your communication style, you may speak about the communication styles you have encountered and how they impact you. Your speech should not be a report of the content of this project.
  • This project includes:
    • The Discover Your Communication Style questionnaire
    • A 5- to 7-minute speech

Level 2, Project 3: Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring

  • This project introduces the value of mentorship and the Toastmasters view of mentors and protégés.
  • Purpose: The purpose of this project is to clearly define how Toastmasters envisions mentoring.
  • Overview: Write and present a 5- to 7-minute speech about a time when you were a protégé. Share the impact and importance of having a mentor. This speech is not a report on the content of this project.
  • This project includes: a 5- to 7-minute speech

Level 3: Increasing Knowledge

Level 3, Project 1: Develop A Communication Plan

This project focuses on how to formulate a central message and develop a communication plan for a target audience.

  • Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice developing a communication plan.
  • Overview: Develop a communication plan for any event or situation. The plan may be for a real or hypothetical need. At a club meeting, present a 5- to 7-minute speech about your experience. You may choose to speak about the planning process, the benefits of developing a plan, or the impact of your plan if you implemented it. Show your vice president education your completed plan to receive credit for this project.
  • This project includes:
    • Developing a communication plan
    • The Write a Communication Plan resource
    • A 5- to 7-minute speech

Level 3 elective projects

Choose two or more elective projects from the following list. The purpose and overview of each Level 3 elective projects can be found here.

  • Active Listening
  • Connect with Your Audience
  • Connect with Storytelling
  • Creating Effective Visual Aids
  • Deliver Social Speeches
  • Effective Body Language
  • Focus on the Positive
  • Inspire Your Audience
  • Know Your Sense of Humor
  • Make Connections Through Networking
  • Prepare for an Interview
  • Understanding Vocal Variety
  • Using Descriptive Language
  • Using Presentation Software

Level 4: Building Skills

Level 4, Project 1: Communicate Change

This project focuses on creating a communication plan by gathering evidence to support the need for change and communicating change with your audience.

  • Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice the skills needed to effectively communicate change to a group or organization.
  • Overview: Develop a plan for communicating a change to an audience affected by the change. At a club meeting, communicate the change in a 5- to 7-minute speech. You may speak about a real or hypothetical change that affects your club or another group in your life. This speech is not a report on the content of this project, but a speech about how you would or will communicate a real or hypothetical change.
  • This project includes:
    • Developing a plan for communicating change
    • A 5- to 7-minute speech

Level 4 elective projects

Choose 1 or more elective projects from the following list. The purpose and overview of each Level 4 elective projects can be found here.

  • Building a Social Media Presence
  • Create a Podcast
  • Manage Online Meetings
  • Manage Projects Successfully
  • Managing a Difficult Audience
  • Public Relations Strategies
  • Question and Answer session
  • Write a Compelling Blog

Level 5: Demonstrating expertise

Level 5, Project 1: Develop Your Vision

This project focuses on developing a vision for your work or personal life.

  • Purpose: The purpose of this project is to develop a detailed vision for your personal life, professional life, or an organization.
  • Overview:
    • Develop a vision and present it at a club meeting in a 5- to 7-minute speech.
    • Establish a timeline for implementing your plan using the resources included in this project.
    • Deliver another 5- to 7-minute speech at a later meeting to present your plan to bring your vision to fruition.
    • Submit your signed Project Completion Form to the vice president education to show you completed all resources included in the project.
  • This project includes:
    • Developing a vision and establishing a plan to implement it
    • The Idea Map Worksheet
    • The Goal Setting Worksheet
    • The Goal Task List
    • The Vision Plan resource
    • Two 5- to 7-minute speeches
    • The Project Completion Form

Level 5, elective project(s)

Choose 1 or more elective projects from the following list. The purpose and overview of each Level 5 elective projects can be found here.

  • Ethical Leadership
  • High Performance Leadership
  • Leading in Your Volunteer Organization
  • Lessons Learned
  • Moderate a Panel Discussion
  • Prepare to Speak Professionally

Level 5, Final project: Reflect on Your Path

This project is designed to give you an opportunity to share your experience at the end of your path.

  • Purpose: The purpose of this project is to reflect on your growth during the completion of an entire path.
  • Overview: At a club meeting, present a 10- to 12-minute speech to share your experience completing your path. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on how far you have come, summarize the skills you have learned and developed, and to celebrate your achievements. Your speech can be humorous, informational, or any style that that appeals to you and supports your speech content.
  • This project includes:
    • The Your Toastmasters Journey resource
    • A 10- to 12-minute speech